Rights panel seeks report from DGP on Anisur remark

West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on Friday took a suo motu cognizance on the derogatory remarks made by CPM MLA and former minister Anisur Rehman against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The commission claimed that the remarks directed at the Chief Minister violates the human rights and asked the Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee to submit a report on the incident in three weeks.

"Making such comments against a woman is a violation of her human rights. Taking into consideration the seriousness of the matter, the commission has taken a suo motu cognizance of the matter based on media reports," said Sujay Halder, joint secretary of the WBHRC.

Ashok Kumar Ganguly, chairperson of the commission, also directed the DGP to give his independent views on the matter.

Senior officials of the commission said that despite the office of Commission being closed for the winter vacations Ganguly came to the office to issue directive in this regard. This comes at a time when the WBHRC and the state government are seen at loggerheads over several recommendations made by the commission.

While raising the issue of rising incidents of rape in the state and the government's scheme to compensate the victims Rehman had made the derogatory comments at a public rally at Itahar in North Dinajpur district on December 25.

TMC calls for social boycott of CPM MLA

Trinamool Congress on Friday urged people to socially boycott CPM leader Anisur Rehman for his remarks against the Chief Minister. "He should be socially boycotted. I urge people to boycott him. He is not fit to reside in society. One should not be wrong if he calls Anisur an anti-social," senior Trinamool leader Firad Hakim said. Another senior Trinamool leader Subrata Mukherjee said: "CPM is maintaining its tradition of defaming opposition by using abusive words. Is there any guarantee that he (Anisur) will not say it again? Is a mere apology enough? Mukherjee asked.

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